Forestry camp is for next year's high school juniors and seniors nominated by their teachers. 60 campers will be admitted on a first come, first served basis based on date of postmark. A maximum of 4 students per FFA Chapter are allowed unless advisors are notified otherwise. Campers may not return to camp after attending one year.
Date: May29-June 3
Location: Piney Creek Camp, Fall Creek Falls State Park (Pikeville)
Cost: $95 before May 10; $120 after May 10
About Forestry Camp
Since 1950, Tennessee Forestry Camp has been providing a wonderful opportunity for high school students affiliated with Future Farmers of America (FFA) to discover and enhance their environmental conservation knowledge, skills and ethics through the leadership and instruction of camp counselors and forestry professionals. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Tennessee Department of Education Career and Technical Education Division are avid supporters of forestry camp. They provide knowledgeable instructors with extensive forest management experience and develop leadership skills through the guidance of camp counselors, respectively. This support goes a long way in making camp fun and educational all while making it efficient to host camp at a reasonable fee. In addition to the state of Tennessee sponsors, the Tennessee Forestry Association and companies of the forest industry in the state contribute to the camp through donations and/or personnel.
The core nature of this camp is outdoor, hands-on instruction on the knowledge and responsibilities of the forestry profession. Courses are taught in the field by professional foresters and include: tree identification, measurements, compass and pacing, hardwood and pine silviculture, wildlife management, water quality protection, wildfire protection, insect and disease, best management practices and geographic information systems/GPS.